Now's the right time to get some spring onions underway ready for next year. I like my spring onions to bulb up but as they're such a slow growing crop, it's useful to get them started early and overwinter them to give them a little extra growing time.
I always grow White Lisbon these days. I've tried other varieties but none do as well as this tried and trusted favourite so I stick with it.
I've got a few of these wooden troughs, I've had them years and they're just the thing for growing spring onions in, not too deep but deep enough. I'm reusing compost which some of my container grown potatoes were grown in, I just mix a few chicken manure pellets in with it as the nutrients will have been used up by the potatoes, this adds some nutrients back to the compost ready for the next crop.
Growing small quantities in containers means that it isn't such hard work to sow the seeds individually to prevent having to thin the plants out as they grow. As you can see, I make individual small holes in the compost to drop the seed in to.
Spring onion seeds are a decent size so it's not too tricky to sow them individually. Obviously, if I were sowing a large patch of them at the allotment I wouldn't sow them in this way, it would be far too time consuming.
All that's left to do now is to give them a good water and leave them to do their thing. This photo was taken this morning, as you can see in the background, my tomatoes are still delivering.
It will take a couple of weeks for the spring onions to germinate but once they do, they'll have a good few weeks to put on some growth before the colder weather arrives. I leave the trough outdoors until about November and then I move it in to the greenhouse. There isn't usually any growth over winter but they've already got a good start when the weather starts to warm up again and they grow away quite quickly then. I do still sow more at the beginning of the new season but they're never as good as the ones I sow in autumn.
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